Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones clears final hurdle on path to NFL

September 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY Coming out of high school after a solid football career at Rockford, Jeremy Jones was reasonably certain his playing days were at an end. Jones was part of two state championships for the Rams, but really wasn’t too keen on all of the conditioning and practices that accompany playing football collegiately. He had generated little interest from college programs anyway, so he had pretty well decided his future wouldn’t include the gridiron. But a surprise offer from Wayne State University in Detroit piqued his interest and the rest, as they say, is history. Following two years as an NCAA Division II All-American, and leading the Warriors to the national championship contest in 2011, Jones again probably felt his chances to play in the National Football League were minimal at best when he went undrafted in the 2012 NFL draft. But the Chicago Bears took what was perceived as a flyer by many football insiders when they signed Jones to a free agent contract in the days following the draft. Perusing the blogs of multiple sources, Jones was described as a “camp body filler” with little chance of making even the practice squad. But those same sources didn’t take into account the determination of Jones to beat the odds. He started the final preseason game Thursday night in Cleveland and finished with an impressive four tackles, an interception and a pass breakup in a 28-20 win against the Browns. Bears head coach Lovie Smith was effusive in his praise of Jones after the game. “Defensively, Jeremy Jones, that was a great pick by him early in the game,” Bears coach Smith told reporters in his opening remarks following the exhibition contest in which Jones picked off Browns backup quarterback Colt McCoy. “As much as anything, you just want to see guys playing hard, their last shot to prove they belong in the NFL. We were able to get that.” Smith continued in his praise of Jones’ effort in a starting role while the regulars rested. “I thought Jeremy Jones came in [and stood out],” Smith said. “Great interception, had a couple of good tackles. He showed up.” When the Bears released their 53-man roster on September 1, that list included a long shot […]

Rockford Grad Voted Defensive Rookie of the Year

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Jeremy Jones, a 2007 Rockford High School graduate and former football player under Coach Ralph Munger, enjoyed a stellar year as a red-shirt freshman at Wayne State University (WSU) and continues to make a name for himself. The Wayne State Warrior in 2008 was selected to the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team. He was voted WSU’s Defensive Rookie of the Year and played in 10 games. The former Ram made his collegiate debut against Mercyhurst and had six tackles (3-3). He also forced a fumble and had a pass break-up, had nine tackles (4-5) at Saginaw Valley, and recorded four pass break-ups and five tackles (4-1) at Findlay. During the season, Jones made a career-high 10 tackles (6-4) at Ashland and forced a fumble. He had a team-high eight tackles (5-3) against Northern Michigan along with a pass break-up. Jones had his first two collegiate interceptions at Ferris State University to earn GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. He returned the first one 86 yards for a touchdown (sixth longest in school history) and had a pass break-up on the final play against Hillsdale. Jones recorded a career-best seven solo tackles against Grand Valley, finished sixth in the GLIAC in interception return yards (86), tied for seventh in forced fumbles (two) and tied for 15th in interceptions (two). He was fifth on the squad with 63 tackles, and third with seven pass break-ups. In 2007, Jones dressed for the five home games, but did not see any playing time. He was WSU’s Defensive Scout Player of the Week for both the Findlay and Grand Valley games. Jones earned two varsity letters for Coach Munger and the Rams. He had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Holland, and finished the year with 85 total tackles-including 40 solo-to earn team defensive MVP honors. Jones had three team-leading pass break-ups along with four interceptions. He recovered a fumble, blocked a punt and had seven quarterback hurries and was selected to the OK Red Metro All-Conference First Team as well as the All-North Area Advance First Team. Jones was also among The Grand Rapids Press’ All-Area Second Team and was nominated for the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star game. During his high school career he […]